ALICIA KEYS As I Am (J/Sony BGM)
Harlem-born singer Alicia Keys may have started off Fallin', but she's been steadily risin' ever since. Her third album, As I Am, ups the piano-playing diva's ante with high-powered collaborations with John Mayer and writing by heavy hitter Linda Perry.
CELINE DION Taking Chances (Sony/BMG)
Celine Dion is in fine diva form on the front of her new one, Taking Chances: big hair, face full of attitude, low-cut blazer, d-girl stance and, of course, the risks she's taking this time around. Working with power producer Linda Perry, R. Kelly and Ne-Yo and trying her hand at Eastern melodies, the pride of Charlemagne leaves nothing to chance.
KYLIE MINOGUE X (EMI)
If you're seeking that year-2029 power-diva flow, look no further than Australian dance vixen Kylie Minogue. As expected, her first album in four years, X (signifying that it's her 10th), is a series of slinky club tracks that'll stick in your head longer than that Q-tip you couldn't remove.
MARY J. BLIGE Growing Pains (Geffen/Universal)
"You know I love music, and every time I hear something hot, makes me wanna move," Mary J. announces at the start of her new single, Just Fine. Yes, despite the heavy title, the queen diva of hiphop-soul is ready to party again on Growing Pains. With beats by Timbaland and Missy, among others, and a Ludacris cameo, we wanna move, too.
JILL SCOTT The Real Thing: Words And Sounds, Vol. 3 (Hidden Beach)
Philly soul belter Jill Scott keeps the volumes coming with the third instalment of her Words And Sounds series, this time going minor and a bit more bluesy. That isn't to say The Real Thing doesn't have its share of diva fire, as proven by blazing lead single Hate On Me.